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Derick Berry, 52, was charged March 14 after being arrested at Brookwood Medical Center where his wife was a patient, Homewood police Sgt. Kent Baker said.
Baker said the victim, whose name is being withheld, awoke in her room around 3 a.m. and heard the sound of running water. When she asked her husband why he was filling the bathtub, Berry told her he was going to drown her, Baker said.
According to the police report Berry then tried to force the woman into the bathtub and under the water, Baker said. Nurses heard her screams and rushed to her room, he said.
“They called for help and were able to hold him back, while another hospital employee called the police.
Security officers also responded to the room and assisted detaining Berry until Homewood police arrived.Brookwood officials said their staff handled the incident well. “Floor staff responded immediately, followed very quickly by the hospital security, and within minutes by the Homewood Police Department,” said Debbie Hollenstein, hospital spokeswoman.
“We arrested Berry, and he was charged with attempted murder later that day.”
Baker said officers don’t know the motive for the attack.
Berry remains in custody at the Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham, jail officials said. He is being held with bond set at $60,000.
Berry is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 3 before Jefferson County District Judge Sheldon Watkins, officials said.
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